Madagascar, 2016 I flew from Bamako to Paris, then down to Madagascar, Antananarivo Airport (Tana for short!) A little out of the way, but good flights! On arriving at the hospital the next day in Antisrabe, we were shown to the guesthouse where we'd base for the week. Our team each morning having breakfast together followed by a devotion by Rev. Gary Schulte of the LCMS. The amazing food was prepared by these folks. They took good care of us! Our driver, Pastor David, was with us each day and blessed us with safe journies. A pretty typical day on the road. Some of the countryside. Madagascar is a beautiful place! Hills in the background. Sometimes I forgot where I was! View of a church in the valley. We were amazed at the size of the churches there! If trees could talk, I'll bet this one has some stories! We made many Coke stops for all the addicts in the bus. Lydia blessed me with this one! What we saw on arriving. Many people were waiting for us! Unloading our wagon. The church in one of the villages we visited. Again, we were just amazed at how big they are! Getting our supplies unloaded and organized in the pharmacy. Inside the sanctuary. All the clinics were in the village churches. Started out each day with a devotion led by the local pastor. Ready to go! People are ushered through the various stations. Registration Miriam takes information from a patient. Our pharmacy team. Jeff, who spent a couple of months with us at the clinic here, doing triage. Stephanie taking information Each person had a translator as most did not speak French or English. Busy at work! Cleaning up after a tiring day. Packing the supplies for the next day. Dr. Harison (left) with wife Domoina led the team through the week. We came home each night to a fabulous meal. Had a chance to try out the local rickshaw/bicycle mode of transport one evening. The clinic team. Great people! Revisiting the day. A beautiful sunset. Sunday we were able to worship at the largest Lutheran church in the country. People flooding into the second of three services. The interior Eventually the church was full. Our group ready for worship. The outside of the church. Eleonora was one of our translators. After church, on the way home, she recapped the sermon for us! Yes, this was spotted. McTsiro's! Waiting for transport. Another Lutheran church And a Lutheran school! Took one afternoon to visit a beautiful nearby lake. The climb down was not quite as bad as the climb back up! Domoina and Eleonoa, our beautiful hostesses. With Steph Schulte who will head up any medical teams in West Africa. With my new friend Miriam! With my new friend Lydia! Looking back up! More of the beautiful countryside. Another gorgeous sunset. On our last night in Antisrabe we had a big BBQ for all the workers from the week. The beautiful table. Lydia bought a game for her dad, so is learning to play The president of the Lutheran Church in Madagascar, Rev. David Rakatonirina. With my new friend, Eleonora! Zebu aplenty in Madagascar! Stopping at a souvenir shop. With a beautiful waterfall behind it. Hats were the purchases of the day. Stopping for lunch at a mall. Our flight wasn't until late at night, so we spent the night before at a resort in order to see lemurs the next day. Heading over to the lemur island. My first glimpse. They're so beautiful! And friendly! The guide had bananas he gave us to feed them. Some were quite adamant about getting the food! There were several species. Into the trees! Just hanging out. This was a jumper. They bounce! We all decided we'd love to have one! Ha! Leaving the island. On to the crocodile park. We're way up high! No joke! Wasn't my most comfortable crossing this bridge!! Apparently they kept the "babies" in here. The fossa - largest carnivore in the country. Our guide posing by the example of what happens if you attack people. And on to the chameleon park! Not just your normal chameleons!! I think this is really a dinosaur. So many species! Even with horns. Yawn! We had these in our house in Ghana!! OK, so this is the girl that once told God that the first snake she got close to, she was on her way back to the US. I can do all things!